UPDATE: THIS HANGOUT WAS POSTPONED TO TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2015 AT 7PM ET.
All over the country, Latinas are slowly but surely gaining political ground, while infusing public life with their very unique leadership styles, more inclusive perspectives and why not? That chispa that is truly all their own — even as they defy unbelievable odds on the road to political office.
My next Google hangout guest is a prime example of this: She’s a Latina who has come into national prominence for being a strong defender of her city and district, a fiercely outspoken advocate on social justice issues and, I’d venture say, the harbinger of a new era of Latino leadership in New York City politics.
As the first Latina woman elected to New York City’s second-most powerful political post — Speaker of the City Council — Melissa Mark-Viverito is also the first member of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus to hold this position. Her rise to the top of the NYC Council, however, has not necessarily been a breezy one.
Tune in to hear Mark-Viverito’s discuss her political journey, her vision for her district, her city and the nation, and what it’s like to be a Latina #GirlBoss in the wild world of politics.
And please don’t forget to send in your questions for Madame Speaker!